Diocese of Oxford
|Diocese of Oxford|
|Archdeaconries||Berkshire, Buckingham, Oxford|
|Bishop||John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford|
|Suffragans||Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester
Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham
Andrew Proud, Bishop of Reading
|Archdeacons||Karen Gorham, Archdeacon of Buckingham
Martin Gorick, Archdeacon of Oxford
Archdeacon of Berkshire (Archdeacon-designate: Olivia Graham)
The Diocese of Oxford was created in 1541 out of part of the Diocese of Lincoln. Osney Abbey was designated the original cathedral, but in 1545 this was changed to St. Frideswide's which became Christ Church Cathedral.
The suffragan See of Buckingham was created in 1914, and was the suffragan bishop for the whole diocese until 1939 when the See of Dorchester was created; the See of Reading was re-created in 1942, after having been 'in abeyance' since 1909. Since 1994 the Bishop of Ebbsfleet (currently The Right Reverend Jonathan Goodall, consecrated in 2013) has provided 'alternative episcopal oversight' in this diocese (among twelve others in the western part of the Province of Canterbury) to those parishes which cannot in conscience accept the sacramental ministry of bishops who have participated in the ordination of women.
The Diocese now covers the counties of
- three churches in the county of Bedfordshire
- one church in the traditional county of Middlesex
- one church in the country of Hampshire.
The diocese is divided into three Episcopal Areas corresponding to its Archdeaconries. The Bishop of Oxford has authority throughout the diocese, but also has primary responsibility for the city and suburbs of Oxford, which are part of the Archdeaconry of Oxford.
- Archdeaconry of Oxford
- City of Oxford & surrounding area
- Dorchester Episcopal Area - successor to the Saxon Diocese of Dorchester.
- Buckingham Episcopal Area (Archdeaconry of Buckingham)
- Reading Episcopal Area (Archdeaconry of Berkshire)
- Bishop of Oxford
- Archdeacon of Oxford
- Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
- Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (the cathedral of the see)